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The students and staff of Dickinson's Trinity Elementary School celebrated Christmas with a wassail tea and Golden Mass on Thursday before dismissal for the holidays. Students donated canned goods, which were wrapped in holiday paper and displayed across the stage of the auditorium.
The Dorcas Society is helping area families celebrate Christmas with extra joy this season through donations of food, toys, scarves and gloves. Dorcas seeks to help needy families in the community, said President Sue Moore. "We target ones with children. We have so many families this year," she said. "We find them through social services, that's our main resource, and through schools and churches." Dorcas holds two fundraisers -- a fall benefit and a spring wine taster. Donations are used to help the families throughout the year.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is one way for older Americans to give a gift of time to their community. Evelyn and Richard Wehner volunteer throughout the year. During the holidays, they wrap gifts at the Prairie Hills Mall. Other days, they assist at the ARC-Aide Thrift Shop or stuff envelopes for United Way. '"You name it, we do it," said Evelyn. A favorite activity is the Park and Recreation's Halloween party. "That's a fun one. I love seeing the little kids in their outfits," she added. Leona Jilek recently moved into Dickinson from a farm located north of Belfield.
The kindergarten students at Dickinson's Roosevelt Elementary School recently entertained their families with a Christmas program written by their teacher Sue Biesiot. "It's a tradition," she said. Biesiot imagines what children are thinking about during the holiday season. "It's all the things children love at Christmas time, from baking cookies to snow coming down, to toys at the mall and ringing of bells," she said. Children become Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer or elves at the North Pole. "I like to get all the kids on stage three times, from bells to peppermint sticks to Christmas tr
The students at Dickinson's Trinity Elementary West created gingerbread houses as a Christmas project Monday. Marlene Schnaidt's first graders worked together with Mary Steiner's fourth graders as buddies for the December craft project. "We have a buddy system all year around," said Schnaidt. "We made the gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and frosting." "They used M and Ms, little marshmallows and candy canes. Coconut was added on the frosting as the roof top.
The students at Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy became "angels of the elderly" for a Christmas gift-giving project at school. "Every year at school, we try to work on some new mission's project. This year, we decided to do something for the elderly," said Academy administrator Tim Privratsky. The school contacted Stark County Social Services to help coordinate the Angels of the Elderly project. "Many of the elderly are on fixed income.
The junior students at Dickinson's Trinity High School are presenting a Living Nativity to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The performance is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Trinity auditorium. The performance was written by director Jesse Zyskowski and Troy Kuntz. "We wrote it from scratch," said Zyskowski. "It starts with genealogy, through the annunciation and visitation, the Magi and King Herod, the shepherds in the field and leading up to the nativity," he said. "It's different in the fact there's acting and narrated reflection. There's audience singing.
The fifth and sixth graders at Dickinson's Lincoln Elementary School are experiencing the joy of giving through their annual Christmas craft and bake sale. The sale is Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 19-20, at school. The sale times are 8 a.m. until class time, 11:30-12:30 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. "By the noon of the second day, almost everything is just about gone. We usually mark down whatever is left," said Rosella Perdaems, sixth-grade teacher. The sale was started as a fundraiser about 20 years ago by former teacher Carol Pritchard. It's become a holiday tradition. "They love it.
Two Dickinson State University nursing faculty members recently returned from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, with a greater understanding and appreciation of that nation's health care services. "We've learned from them and they are learning from us.